Dr Elizabeth Nolan

C81 - ATP - The Biomedical Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Elizabeth Nolan is a lecturer in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. She graduated with a BScAgr (Hons) from the University of Sydney in 1973, and was awarded her PhD, also from The University of Sydney, in 2013 with her thesis titled 'The Contribution of Genetic Modification to Changes in Corn Production in the United States'. She has worked in corporate lending with the Banque Nationale de Paris in Sydney, and returned to teaching at The University of Sydney in 1982, on a casual, then fixed term, and now continuing basis. Her main area of research relates to investigation of the factors which contribute to crop yield and its distribution, using large sets of secondary data compiled from experimental crop trials.

Research interests

Dr Nolan main research interest relates to the effect of genetic modification (GM), and other plant characteristics, and production inputs on the distribution of crop yield. The main focus has been on maize yield in the USA, and yield of wheat and other crops in Australia. She is also interested in the effect of plant variety protection on agricultural innovation, plant breeding research and market power in agricultural input markets. The expansion of intellectual property rights for plant varieties and plant breeding techniques has been accompanied by a decline in public investment in plant breeding, increased market concentration, and an emphasis on commercially successful varieties rather those which will meet world food needs. Her research involves the use of large datasets compiled from records of results of experimental variety trials, and Patent and Plant Variety Protection databases. She is interested in extending the application of the methodologies used in current research to investigate the effects of plant breeding techniques in developing countries. She also has an interest in issues affecting the market for Australian wool.

Teaching and supervision

Dr Nolan teaches in a range of subject areas under the broad umbrella of Agricultural and resource Economics. Current teaching includes agricultural marketing analysis, benefit cost analysis, production economics and research methods. She supervises a number of fourth year honours theses, and coursework masters students.

Associations

Dr Nolan is a member of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, the American Applied Economics Association, the European Association of Agricultural Economists, and the International Association of Agricultural Economists. She is past President of the NSW branch of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, and a member of the federal council of AARES.

Awards and honours

Selected grants

2011

  • Documentation and analysis of the impact of the introduction of genetically modified traits, specifically related to hybrids; Nolan E; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Nolan, E., Farrell, T., Ryan, M., Gibbon, C., Ahmadi-Esfahani, F. (2014). Valuing quality attributes of Australian merino wool. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 58(3), 314-335. [More Information]
  • Shi, G., Chavas, J., Lauer, J., Nolan, E. (2013). An Analysis of Selectivity in the Productivity Evaluation of Biotechnology: An Application to Corn. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 95(3), 739-754. [More Information]
  • Nolan, E., Santos, P. (2012). The Contribution of Genetic Modification to Changes in Corn Yield in the United States. American Journal of Agricultural Economics (online), 94(5), 1171-1188. [More Information]
  • Koppi, A., Nolan, E., Field, D. (2010). Developing Transferable Research Skills in First Year Agricultural Economics Students. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 7(2), 1-19.
  • Nolan, E., Ahmadi-Esfahani, F. (2007). Predicting performance in undergraduate agricultural economics. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 51(1), 1-15.

Conferences

  • Nolan, E., Santos, P. (2013). Genetic Modification and Yield Risk in Corn: Parametric and Non-Parametric Analysis. 17th ICABR Conference, Ravello, Italy: CABI Publishing.
  • Nolan, E., Santos, P. (2012). Insurance premiums and GM traits. 28th International Conference of Agricultural Economists, Foz Do Iguacu, Brazil: International Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Nolan, E., Santos, P., Shi, G. (2012). Market concentration and productivity in the United States corn sector: 2002-2009. Agricultural & Applied Economics Association 2012 Annual Meeting, USA: Agricultural & Applied Economics Association.
  • Nolan, E. (2012). Wool prices, mulesing status and, media attention. 56th Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Freemantle: Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  • Redmond, T., Nolan, E., Martin, P. (2011). Evaluating the genetic progress of wheat in NSW, 1992-2009. 55th Australian Agricultural & Resource Economics Society Annual Conference AARES 2011, Australia: Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  • Nolan, E., Santos, P. (2011). Risk premiums and GM traits. Agricultural & Applied Economics Association's 2011 AAEA & NAREA Joint Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  • Gibbon, C., Nolan, E. (2011). The Australian Wool Industry: A hedonic pricing analysis of the factors affecting price of Australian wool. 55th Australian Agricultural & Resource Economics Society Annual Conference AARES 2011, Australia: Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  • Nolan, E., Santos, P. (2010). Measuring the Contribution of Genetic Characteristics as an Indicator of Innovation: the case of Corn in the USA, 1990-2009. Agricultural & Applied Economics Association 2010 AAEA, CAES, & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  • Nolan, E., Packer, T., Ahmadi-Esfahani, F. (2004). Agricultural Economics Teaching and Learning: The Case Study of Sydney. Economic Education Conference, Adelaide Australia: University Of South Australia.
  • Nolan, E., Ahmadi-Esfahani, F. (2004). Teaching and Learning: A Review of the Economic Literature. Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Melbourne, Australia (February), : University of Melbourne.

2014

  • Nolan, E., Farrell, T., Ryan, M., Gibbon, C., Ahmadi-Esfahani, F. (2014). Valuing quality attributes of Australian merino wool. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 58(3), 314-335. [More Information]

2013

  • Shi, G., Chavas, J., Lauer, J., Nolan, E. (2013). An Analysis of Selectivity in the Productivity Evaluation of Biotechnology: An Application to Corn. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 95(3), 739-754. [More Information]
  • Nolan, E., Santos, P. (2013). Genetic Modification and Yield Risk in Corn: Parametric and Non-Parametric Analysis. 17th ICABR Conference, Ravello, Italy: CABI Publishing.

2012

  • Nolan, E., Santos, P. (2012). Insurance premiums and GM traits. 28th International Conference of Agricultural Economists, Foz Do Iguacu, Brazil: International Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Nolan, E., Santos, P., Shi, G. (2012). Market concentration and productivity in the United States corn sector: 2002-2009. Agricultural & Applied Economics Association 2012 Annual Meeting, USA: Agricultural & Applied Economics Association.
  • Nolan, E., Santos, P. (2012). The Contribution of Genetic Modification to Changes in Corn Yield in the United States. American Journal of Agricultural Economics (online), 94(5), 1171-1188. [More Information]
  • Nolan, E. (2012). Wool prices, mulesing status and, media attention. 56th Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Freemantle: Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

2011

  • Redmond, T., Nolan, E., Martin, P. (2011). Evaluating the genetic progress of wheat in NSW, 1992-2009. 55th Australian Agricultural & Resource Economics Society Annual Conference AARES 2011, Australia: Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  • Nolan, E., Santos, P. (2011). Risk premiums and GM traits. Agricultural & Applied Economics Association's 2011 AAEA & NAREA Joint Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  • Gibbon, C., Nolan, E. (2011). The Australian Wool Industry: A hedonic pricing analysis of the factors affecting price of Australian wool. 55th Australian Agricultural & Resource Economics Society Annual Conference AARES 2011, Australia: Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

2010

  • Koppi, A., Nolan, E., Field, D. (2010). Developing Transferable Research Skills in First Year Agricultural Economics Students. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 7(2), 1-19.
  • Nolan, E., Santos, P. (2010). Measuring the Contribution of Genetic Characteristics as an Indicator of Innovation: the case of Corn in the USA, 1990-2009. Agricultural & Applied Economics Association 2010 AAEA, CAES, & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

2007

  • Nolan, E., Ahmadi-Esfahani, F. (2007). Predicting performance in undergraduate agricultural economics. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 51(1), 1-15.

2004

  • Nolan, E., Packer, T., Ahmadi-Esfahani, F. (2004). Agricultural Economics Teaching and Learning: The Case Study of Sydney. Economic Education Conference, Adelaide Australia: University Of South Australia.
  • Nolan, E., Ahmadi-Esfahani, F. (2004). Teaching and Learning: A Review of the Economic Literature. Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Melbourne, Australia (February), : University of Melbourne.

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